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The Flash Series Casts Candice Patton as Iris West

Posted by Caelan Dooley Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Candice Patton has joined the cast of the CW pilot of DC Comics' The Flash as Iris West, Deadline reports.

The actress, best known for her role in The Game and The Craigslist Killer, will play opposite both Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Law and Order's Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, Iris' father.

The Flash TV series casts Candice Patton as Iris West

Iris' character has been described in the upcoming show as "Allen's fast-talking, quick-witted best friend," according to Nerdist. In the comics, however, Iris is a reporter and Barry Allen's love interest. Patton's casting is sure to draw some controversy, given that Iris will also be ditching her ginger look to bring some much-needed diversity.

Gustin has already made an appearance as Barry Allen in two episodes of Arrow, which the pilot has spun off of, and has sparked a love interest with Felicity Smoak. Assuming The Flash goes to series, it is unknown if the relationship will end or have a continuous cross-over between Arrow and Flash, CinemaBlend said.

The lightning-fast character was originally slated to appear in three episodes of Arrow, though CW is now filming Flash as a standalone pilot. CW president Mark Pedowitz said last month at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that he'd like to see a Flash series launch "with a bang like we launched Arrow."

The Flash TV Pilot casts Candice Patton as Iris West
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The potential series will focus on Central City's Flash and could make references to Arrow itself, with Arrow show runners Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg, and Greg Berlanti heading the spin-off series.

Carlos Valdes, currently on Broadway in Once, has also landed a series role as Cisco Ramon, an engineering genius and the youngest scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs—better known to comics fans as Justice League member Vibe, Hollywood Reporter revealed.

In other casting news, Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries) will portray Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, aka Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash. Danielle Panabaker has also been cast to play Caitlin Snow, the bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs, and who later becomes the DC villain Killer Frost.

Are you anticipating the Flash spin-off? What do you think about the casting choices? Let us know in the comments section below.
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAELAN DOOLEY

Caelan Dooley is a queer artist, activist, and writer, covering comics, tech, and video games. She regularly performs with the Rich Weirdoes, Orlando's Rocky Horror shadow cast. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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